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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 57 (September 1946)

[Highlights of policy],   pp. [4]-20 PDF (9.3 MB)


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dustry Department is based on the assump-
tion that it will be rudimentary at the outset
but sufficiently functionalized to permit or-
ganized transfer of functions from compa-
rable units of the Industry Branches of Zonal
administrations.  The Department will be
headed by a Secretary of State responsible to
the Control Authority through the Allied In-
dustry Bureau and responsible for the con-
duct of the Department and for the activ-
ities of the Laender governments within the
Department's sphere of central activity.
Under the Secretary there will be three
offices and two divisions; Office of Special
Assistants, Office of Internal Administration,
Central Office for Planning and Program-
ming and Central Statistics, Industrial Pro-
duction Division, and Fuel and Public Util-
ities Division. The Industrial Production
Division consists of the following branches:
Metals, Chemicals, Machinery and Optics,
Building Industries, Textiles, and Consumer
Goods. Fuel and Public Utilities Division
will have branches for Coal and Non-metallic
Mining, Oil, Electricity, and Gas.
RELATIONSHIP TO LAENDER
So far as possible, the relations of the De-
partment to the Laender will be advisory
and supervisory in character. Direct control
of Laender and other local operations will
be limited by narrowly defined powers to be
prescribed by the Allied Control Authority.
If proposals affect more than one Land or
district, the Department will prescribe spe-
cific solutions and will be responsible for
their implementation. It is not intended that
the Department is to have local or field
offices, and the Department will function
through the Ministry of Economics in each
Land on purely technical matters through in-
dustrial sections of the Landeswirtschafts-
aemter or comparable agencies.
The proposed organization calls for seven
top management positions, including the Sec-
retary of State, his deputy, and the chiefs
of offices and divisions. Six months after
initial organization, the Central Industry De-
partment will require a minimum of 200 per-
sons of whom 50 would be top management
personnel and high ranking professional as-
sistants. However, management positions will
be filled at the discretion of the Secretary of
State or his representative from lists of prop-
erly screened candidates approved by the
Control Council or representatives thereof.
Headquarters will be located in Berlin and
there will be no field offices.
REQUIREMENTS OF HEADQUARTERS
For the headquarters conventional office
space with reasonable utilities and transpor-
tation connection in Berlin is the only re-
quirement. Initially 30,000 square feet of
floor space without allowance for corridors
and dead space, or 60,000 s.uare feet to pro-
vide for such allowance plus minimum stor-
age and expansion facilities will be needed.
Installation costs cannot be ascertained un-
til such time as available facilities are known.
Operating costs are estimated for the first
year at RM    750,000 for personnel and
RM 250,000 for material. Whether or not
the Department itself produces revenue, it is
recommended that its expenses shall be car-
ried out of general revenues to be provided
for the Central Departments and any reve-
nues which accrue to the Central Cashier
Office shall not be earmarked for specific
purposes. No current assets are known to
exist.
Omgus Broadcasts
To speed the dissemination of Military
Government announcements, directives and
information to all units throughout the US
Zone of Germany, OMGUS is inaugurating
short daily broadcasts.
Starting 3 September and continuing each
afternoon at 1500 hours, Monday through
Friday, the broadcasts will be transmitted
over Radio Munich on the short wave length
of 5302.5 kilocycles.
The purpose of these official OMGUS
broadcasts is to keep MG personnel abreast
of official developments concerning their
work and to insure immediate distribution of
policy changes. All material is unclassified
and available for release at the time of the
broadcast.
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